CDC’s Cole Concedes Defeat
Ahead of the National Elections Commission final result for the just ended Senatorial by-election in Bong County, the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC) Candidate, Josiah Marvin Cole, has conceded defeat as he calls on his supporters to remain firmed and await future elections.
The Coalition for Democratic Change District # 3 Lawmaker, speaking Thursday at a Press Conference in Gbarnga stated that he remains a major politician in Bong County on grounds that there will be another future opportunity for him.
Cole said he is willing to work with whosoever that wins the election just for the sake of the citizens in the county. The Jorquelleh District # 3 Lawmaker stated that his developmental platform remains his focus point.
He said despite the result of the elections, he will work in the best interest of his people. Representative Cole extended commendations to his supporters for the overwhelming support.
Adding, “the results of the election are a clear manifestation that I politically strong in Bong County.”
The District 3 lawmaker has promised to work with all members of the Bong Legislative Caucus in order to ensure development in the county.
Representative Cole, at the same time, extended commendation to his colleagues who contested in Bong County.
The Bong County Senatorial by-election had five Candidates including former Students Leader, Fairnoh Theo Gbilah, Business Man turned Politician, Orando Kermine Zarwolo, Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa who is in the lead, Representative Josiah Marvin Cole and Prince T. Kollie.
The Provisional results from the National Elections Commission (NEC) on by-elections in Montserrado and Bong Counties put Dr. Herique Tokpa of Bong County and Saah Joseph of Montserrado County in early lead.
According to Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, Chairman of the NEC, of the 1,790 polling places in Montserrado County, 127, polling places have reported with 8,056 votes counted and tallied. The recorded voter turnout for polling reported amounts to 7.09 percent.
In Bong County, out of a total of 502 polling places, 261 have reported with 33,611 votes counted and tallied. The recorded voter turnout of polling places reported amount to 51.99 percent.
The winner from the elections will replace President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor who was elected in the 2017 presidential and general elections.
Both the President and the Vice President were elected in the 2014 special senatorial election, and their successors will complete their remaining six years in the Senate.
Dr. Tokpa is leading against the CDC candidate Marvin Cole, who was elected Representative just six months ago in the October 2017 elections.
Unlike Marvin, Saah Joseph also a sitting lawmaker of the ruling CDC is likely to replace his political leader, George Weah, who won with 78% margin against the son of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2014.